Tristan Alexander Brooks May 15, 1993 â€“ September 17, 2015 Tristan, left, with his dad William. Photo by Nathan Brooks.
ristan, his brother, Nathan, and I went camping at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City, Ga., in March, 2012. It had been some months since I had seen Tristan â€“ I think he had been working in Alabama and had just recently come back to Georgia. I was going to move to Houston, Texas, in the summer, so I wanted to do something special with the boys before I went. Tristan was having some relationship troubles at the time, and his first son, Coen, was due in April. Tristan was experiencing some depression at the prospect of not being able to be there for the birth of his son, so, in addition to spending time with the boys, I wanted Tristan to have some fun, get
his mind off of his situation and have a brief respite from it all. We pitched a tent at a campsite on the side of the mountain, set up camp and had a nice fire in the fire-ring. We listened to music and danced around the fire. He had a good time, laughing, having fun and he forgot all his troubles for the moment. This picture was at the height of the revelry. The next day Tris became melancholy again. I felt bad not being able to help him with his relationship situation, but knew there was nothing I could do about it. We hiked the mountain trails and talked, and we were able to spend some good quality time together. That trip was one I'll never forget. â€“ William Brooks
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